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When you play a role that strikes such a lasting chord in popular culture, it often happens that you get saddled with that identity for the rest of your life. As it happens, James Van Der Beek, who played the titular character in Dawson’s Creek, faced just that problem when the series ended its six year run. And while co-cast members Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes forged new identities in the entertainment world, James’s Dawson has been harder to put into the past. This despite roles in movies like Varsity Blues, The Rules of Attraction and How I Met Your Mother. So what’s he done? He goes with it, sending up the Dawson legacy in shorts for Funny Or Die and playing an actor named James Van Der Beek in the sitcom Don’t Trust the B—in Apt. 23. Now James has a role in a new film that’s miles away from that squeaky-clean Dawson image: It’s called Labour Day, from director Jason Reitman and starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. Van Der Beek plays a cop who makes you wonder just whose side he’s on.